March 28th to June 20th 2021
For this exhibition, over 20 pieces from the years 1949 to 1985 were selected from the private collections of gallery owners Thaddaeus Ropac, Bernd and Verena Klüser as well as journalist Linde Rohr-Bongard and the Viehof Collection, formerly the Speck Collection, each with its own profound history and connection to Joseph Beuys and his work. They are all equally close to Tony Cragg, who, on the occasion of Beuys' 100th birthday, had the desire to realize an exhibition of his works in a pavilion in the Waldfrieden sculpture park. Cragg himself first met Beuys in 1972 at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. Cragg, then 23 years old, was impressed by Beuys' charismatic lecture, his encyclopedic knowledge, his brilliant associative ability and the social demands of his concept of art. The exhibits he has now selected for Wuppertal from Beuys's companions connect with each other dialogically to become, in the Beuysian sense, a battery for storing energy, a reservoir of potential and ideas.